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The Beautiful Summer


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Over the course of a long Italian summer, a young girl falls in love for the first time, with devastating consequences.

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Cesare Pavese was born in northern Italy in 1908. Exiled by the Fascist regime to Calabria in 1935, Pavese eventually returned to Turin to work for the publishing house Einaudi. Pavese won the Strega Prize for fiction, Italy's most prestigious literary award, for The Beautiful Summer in 1950. Later the same year, after a brief affair with an American actress, he committed suicide. His suicide note reads- 'I forgive everyone and ask everyone's forgiveness. O.K.? Don't gossip too much.'


An astonishing portrait of an innocent on the verge of discovering the cruelties of love... an inimitable read... there are whispers here of the future work of Elena Ferrante -- Elizabeth Strout, from the introduction
One of the few essential novelists of the mid-twentieth century -- Susan Sontag
[Pavese writes books of] extraordinary depth where one never stops finding new levels, new meanings -- Italo Calvino
There is something about [Pavese] that is insinuating, haunting and lyrically pervasive * New York Times Book Review *
Cesare Pavese's cool, contemplative voice was the most important among postwar Italian writers -- W. S. DiPiero
Pavese, to me, is a constant source of inspiration -- Jhumpa Lahiri
For my trip to Los Angeles, I'm packing Cesare Pavese's The Beautiful Summer, with an introduction by Elizabeth Strout, a slender account of love in 1930s Italy -- Jessie Burton, bestselling author of 'The Miniaturist' * Guardian Best Summer Books 2018 *
Reminds one very much of the trajectory of the relationship between two young people at the heart of Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name * RTE Recommended Summer Reads *
There is never any doubt of Pavese's talent * The Times *
Penguin's re-release of Cesare Pavese's The Beautiful Summer (as choice a pick as its title implies) is simply gorgeous * Marie Claire - Best Books to Read This Summer *
Pavese writes with a vivid quietude that is always engaging * Guardian *
[A] remarkable author * Scotsman *
We must be grateful to the Penguin European Writers series, a precious venture in these dark times -- John Banville

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